Rosebuds Blog

Six travel trends that are reshaping tourism

July 21, 2014

Human beings thirst for adventure is beyond dispute. Whether venturing to see what is over the next hill in primordial times, or globetrotting at near supersonic speeds today, we have an irrepressible desire to traverse, understand and enjoy our planet. Implicit in that statement is how substantially travel and adventure has changed during the millennia. And it continues to grow and change, driven as it is by the forces of technology, demographics and the stunning rise in global wealth in from Asia to South America. One of the media organizations tracking the tourism industry’s explosion and evolution is Travel Market Report, which recently published an article titled Six Travel Trends to Watch in 2014 and Beyond, based on research conducted by Resonance Consultancy, an organization that monitors consumer and travel trends, among other services. Consider this post a capsule summary of that story and report. Those travel trends worthy of your attention are … (click on the headline to continue reading)

By land, sea and (especially) by air

July 11, 2014

For most people travel is about getting to their destination. That’s when the fun begins. Yes there are road trips, and they are wonderful. Yes there is train travel, and it is romantic and historical. And, of course, there are cruises, and there is something therapeutic about vast, open expanses of water. But for hundreds of millions of people every year the transportation of choice — and often the only practical mode of transportation — is an airliner. The jet age has brought us transcontinental travel in a single day. It has also compiled an astounding safety record. Still, the airline industry is not without its frustrations for travelers. That is a situation not lost on … (click on the headline to continue reading)

The county fair brings an American classic to town

June 16, 2014

One of the most iconic slices of Americana is the annual county fair. It happens in cities and counties across the United States and attracts millions of people interested in everything from food, entertainment and gamesmanship, to thrill rides, farm animals and agriculture. Among the nation’s finest is the Alameda County Fair, coming to the Alameda County Fairgrounds on June 18 through July 6, right here in Pleasanton, Calif., home of The Rose Hotel. It promises to be great fun for local residents and hotel guests alike. As always, this year’s fair has something for everybody. There will be … (click on the headline to continue reading)

Madden vs. Mariucci in a bocce ball battle of NFL coaches

May 31, 2014

This time they won’t be able to call on Ken Stabler or Joe Montana, or Cliff Branch or Jerry Rice to help decide the outcome. And this contest won’t take place on the gridiron. Former NFL coaches John Madden of the Oakland Raiders and Steve Mariucci of the San Francisco 49ers will go mano-o-mano on the bocce ball court, a sport that dates back to ancient Rome. Madden and Mariucci are co-hosting the annual Battle of the Bay Charity Bocce Tournament on Wednesday, June 4. The exclusive invite-only affair will be staged at Campo di Bocce in Livermore, Calif., just a short drive from The Rose Hotel, which is serving as one of the official lodging options for the event. (Click on the headline to continue reading.)

Summer has begun and The Rose is in full bloom

May 27, 2014

Memorial Day has passed, summer has begun, and we have entered the meat of the leisure travel season. From now through Labor Day, The Rose Hotel is festooned along its Main Street balcony with our festive bunting, ablaze with the colors of the American flag. We are looking forward to another year of tourism growth, both locally and nationally. As estimated $926 billion will be spent on travel and tourism in the United States alone, according to the U.S. Travel Association, a $38 billion increase over the $888 billion spent during 2013. Our prospects for attracting our share of that business were emboldened by a notification we received from TripAdvisor that it has awarded The Rose Hotel a … (click on the headline to continue reading)